Office of Graduate Medical Education

Samuel A. McQuiston, M.D.Welcome to the University of South Alabama Graduate Medical Education Programs, and thank you for your interest in our training programs. With a long history of training physicians, the University of South Alabama and its affiliated hospitals provide training in 22 residency and fellowship programs to more than 240 physicians in training. The medical and administrative staff of the USA Health and College of Medicine are committed to providing educational programs, culminating in the trainees' ability to practice independently within the context of the healthcare delivery system.

The missions of our programs are to develop the clinical competency, medical knowledge, and professional attributes of physicians, to promote the safe and effective care for patients and to advance the art of healing through quality improvement and medical research. Residents and fellows in our training programs are integrated into USA Health with the majority of their training centered in USA University Hospital, Children's & Women's Hospital and the Mitchell Cancer Institute via clinical experience under the guidance and supervision of our faculty members and medical staff. As residents and fellows gain experience and demonstrate growth in their ability to care for patients, they assume roles that permit them to exercise those skills with greater independence, allowing for graded and progressive responsibility.

As an alumnus of the USA Graduate Medical Education Programs, I know our highly qualified and dedicated faculty members provide exemplary training. As a faculty member and residency program director, I know that our programs strive to provide high quality training and prepare residents and fellows for competent medical practice and a life of personal advancement. As a member of the institutional leadership and chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee, I know that the University of South Alabama is committed to providing the necessary educational, financial, and human resources to support medical education in an ethical and professional environment. I know that if you take a good look at our Graduate Medical Education Programs that you will see this as well. I invite you to learn more about our programs, our facilities and our people.

Samuel A. McQuiston, M.D.
Assistant Dean, Graduate Medical Education


▼   Graduate Medical Education Committee

The USA Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) oversees all graduate medical education training programs in the University of South Alabama Health System. The GMEC is chaired by the Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official (DIO) and the alternate DIO serves as the vice-chair of the committee. The Program Directors and Associate Program Directors of the GME training programs, representative core faculty, USA Health staff, and peer-selected residents and fellows serve on the Committee. The GMEC meets on the first Tuesday of each month, except for the month of July.

Committee Members

  • Samuel McQuiston, MD, (Chair) Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education, DIO and Program Director, Radiology Residency
  • Franklin Trimm, MD, (Vice-Chair) Program Director, Pediatric Residency and Alternate DIO
  • Haley Ballard, MD, Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
  • Judy Blair-Elortegui, MD, Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
  • Sidney Brevard, MD, Program Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
  • Ashleigh Butts-Wilkerson, MD, Associate Program Director, Family Medicine Residency
  • David Clarkson, MD, Professor, Medical Oncology Fellowship
  • Abhijin Das, MBBS, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine Residency
  • Linda Ding, MD, Associate Program Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
  • Jack DiPalma, MD, Program Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship
  • Luke Engeriser, MD, Program Director, Psychiatry Residency
  • Sharon Ezell, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Director, Quality Management USAMC
  • Eddie Finn, MD, Program Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
  • Brian Fouty, MD, Program Director, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Fellowship
  • Sophia Goslings, MD, Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency
  • Warren Greene, Assistant to Hospital Administrator, USAMC
  • Joshua Hackle, MD, Program Director, Family Medicine, Sports Medicine Fellowship
  • Grace Hundley, MD, Program Director, Medicine and Pediatric Residency
  • T.J. Hundley, MD, Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
  • Chris Jett, MSHA, MBA, Hospital Administrator, USACW 
  • Andrea Kahn, MD, Program Director, Pathology Residency
  • Letch Kline, MD, Associate Chief of Staff for Education, Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, Biloxi, MS
  • Amy McRae, BSN, MHA, JD, Director, Quality Management/Education USACW
  • Ehab Molokhia, MD, Program Director, Family Medicine Residency
  • Juan Ochoa, MD, Program Director, Neurology Residency and Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship
  • Bassam Omar, MD, Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
  • Edward Panacek, MD, Department Chair, Emergency Medicine
  • Paul Rider, MD, Associate Program Director, Surgery Residency
  • Craig Sherman, MD, Program Director, Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency
  • Jon Simmons, MD, Program Director, Surgery Residency

Resident Members

  • Johnny Harris, MD, PGY IV, Medicine and Pediatric Residency
  • Julie Jeansonne, MD, PGY IV, Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency
  • Cody Smith, MD, PL-3, Radiology Residency
  • Patrick Smith, MD, PGY V, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
  • Harrison Trammell, MD, PGY II, Internal Medicine Residency

Affiliated Staff Members

  • Clista Clanton, MLS, USA Biomedical Library
  • Sharrie Cranford, LMSW, MS, Director, CME
  • Brigett Davis, Housestaff Residency Specialist 
  • Joyce Guest, PhD, GME Education Specialist
  • Tomeika Hawkins, GME Accreditation Specialist
  • Beth Leffard, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Assistant Director, Quality Management, USAMC
  • Regina Stanley, GME Accreditation Assistant
▼   GMEC Subcommittee on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

The purposes of the GMEC Subcommittee on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety are to…

  • Promote housestaff education and engagement in patient safety and quality improvement in the USA Health System,
  • Work with USA Health leaders to promote a culture of patient safety in the clinical learning environments,
  • Address patient safety, quality improvement and care transition elements identified by the Clinical Learning Environment Review, and
  • Monitor compliance and assist GME programs with ACGME requirements in the area of patient safety, quality improvement, and care transitions.

The subcommittee will report to the GMEC at least annually as well as when major changes in quality improvement and patient safety education are anticipated or implemented.

The ACGME updated the requirements related to the clinical learning environment, announced on March 10, 2017, and effective July 1, 2017. Regarding quality improvement and patient safety, the ACGME requirements state the following: 

  • Residents are expected to work in interprofessional teams to enhance patient safety and improve patient care quality...
  • The program, its faculty, residents, and fellows must actively participate in patient safety systems and contribute to a culture of safety.
  • Programs must provide formal educational activities that promote patient safety-related goals, tools, and techniques.
  • Residents, fellows, faculty members, and other clinical staff members must...
    • Know their responsibilities in reporting patient safety events at the clinical site;
    • Know how to report patient safety events, including near misses, at the clinical site; and, 
    • Be provided with summary information of their institution’s patient safety reports. 
  • Residents should have the opportunity to participate in the disclosure of patient safety events, real or simulated. 
  • The program director, in partnership with the Sponsoring Institution, must provide a culture of professionalism that supports patient safety and personal responsibility. 
  • Programs, in partnership with their Sponsoring Institutions, must ensure and monitor effective, structured hand-over processes to facilitate both continuity of care and patient safety. 
  • Programs must ensure that residents are competent in communicating with team members in the hand-over process. 
  • Programs and clinical sites must maintain and communicate schedules of attending physicians and residents currently responsible for care.  

Subcommittee Members

  • Chris Jett, MSHA, MBA (USACW Administration), Subcommittee Co-Chair
  • Sam Dean, MBA, MHA (USAMC Administration), Subcommittee Co-Chair
  • Samuel McQuiston, MD (Radiology), Subcommittee Co-Chair
  • Haley Ballard, MD (Internal Medicine)
  • Carole Boudreaux, MD (Pathology)
  • Geami Britt, MD, PGY-IV (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
  • Ashleigh Butts-Wilkerson, MD (Family Medicine)
  • Sandra Curtis, RN, BSN (USA Ambulatory)
  • Haidee Custodio, MD (Pediatrics)
  • Sharon Ezell, MSN, RN, CPHQ (USAMC)
  • Natalie Fox, CRNP, (USA Physicians Group)
  • Jonathan Gillig, MD, PGY-IV (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Monira Haque, MD, PGY-III (Pathology)
  • Beth Leffard, MSN, RN, CPHQ (USAMC)
  • Elizabeth Long, MD PGY-IV (Surgery)
  • Jorge Lopez, MD (Neurology)
  • James Martin, MD, PGY-III (Internal Medicine)
  • Amy McRae, BSN, MHA, JD (USACW)
  • Jennifer Pierce, MD (MCI Gynecology Oncology)
  • Frank Rutigliano, MD, PGY-III (Surgery)
▼   GMEC Subcommittee on Simulation Education and Assessment

The purpose of the GMEC Subcommittee on Simulation Education and Assessment is to establish and maintain simulation and skills laboratories and facilities to advance the acquisition and maintenance by housestaff of clinical skills with a competency-based method of evaluation. Further, the subcommittee will monitor compliance and assist GME programs with meeting ACGME requirements in simulation education. The subcommittee will report to the GMEC at least annually as well as when major changes in simulation education are anticipated or implemented.

The membership of the subcommittee will be composed of individuals from GME programs with ACGME requirements in simulation or with identifiable simulation needs. The chair of the subcommittee may appoint members to the subcommittee with approval by the assistant dean for GME. Members of the subcommittee are not required to be members of the GMEC. 

Subcommittee Members

  • Jon Simmons, MD (General Surgery), Subcommittee Chair
  • Craig Sherman, MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
  • Phil Almalouf, MD (Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care)
  • Linda Ding, MD (Surgery Critical Care)
  • Joyce Guest, PhD (GME)
  • Mike Jacobs, RN, DNS (Simulation Director)
  • Samuel McQuiston, MD (Radiology), ex officio
  • Meir Mizrahi, MD (Gastroenterology)
  • Osama Rahim, MD (Interventional Radiology)
  • Patrick Smith, MD, PGY-V (Orthopaedic Surgery)
▼   GMEC Subcommittee on Wellness

The purpose of the GMEC Subcommittee on Wellness is to promote the psychological, emotional, and physical well being of the housestaff, physician educators, and GME staff. Further, the subcommittee will monitor compliance with ACGME requirements in the area of resident and fellow well being and fatigue mitigation.

The ACGME updated the requirements related to the clinical learning environment, announced on March 10, 2017, and effective July 1, 2017. Regarding well-being of residents and faculty physicians and fatigue mitigation, the ACGME requirements state the following: 

  • Programs, in partnership with their Sponsoring Institutions, have the same responsibility to address well-being as they do to evaluate other aspects of resident competence. This responsibility must include:
    • Efforts to enhance the meaning that each resident finds in the experience of being a physician, including protecting time with patients, minimizing non-physician obligations, providing administrative support, promoting progressive autonomy and flexibility, and enhancing professional relationships;
    • Attention to scheduling, work intensity, and work compression that impacts resident well-being;
    • Evaluating workplace safety data and addressing the safety of residents and faculty members;
    • Policies and programs that encourage optimal resident and faculty member well-being; and,
    • Attention to resident and faculty member burnout, depression, and substance abuse.
  • The program, in partnership with its Sponsoring Institution, must educate faculty members and residents in identification of the symptoms of burnout, depression, and substance abuse, including means to assist those who experience these conditions. Residents and faculty members must also be educated to recognize those symptoms in themselves and how to seek appropriate care.
  • Programs must:
    • Educate all faculty members and residents to recognize the signs of fatigue and sleep deprivation; Educate all faculty members and residents in alertness management and fatigue mitigation processes; and,
    • Encourage residents to use fatigue mitigation processes to manage the potential negative effects of fatigue on patient care and learning.

Subcommittee Members

  • Grace Hundley, MD (Med/Peds), Subcommittee Chair
  • Samuel McQuiston, MD (Radiology), Subcommittee Vice Chair
  • Brian Allred (USA Recreation Center, Director; USA Wellness Initiative Committee, Chair)
  • Sharrie Cranford, LMSW, MS (CME)
  • Dorothy Dickinson, GME Program Coordinator (Surgery)
  • Sophia Gosling, MD (Pediatrics)
  • Tomeika Hawkins, Accreditation Specialist (GME)
  • TJ Hundley, MD (Internal Medicine)
  • Tina Jackson, MD, PGY-III (Psychiatry)
  • Candace Lyn Perry, MD (Psychiatry)
  • Ehab Molokhia, MD (Family Medicine)
  • Harrison Trammell, MD, PGY-III (Internal Medicine)
▼   Wellness Resources

The GMEC Subcommittee on Wellness is committed to promoting the physical, mental and emotional well being of the faculty, housestaff, and staff in the GME programs at USA. We acknowledge the challenges that lead to burnout, depression and suicide, and we work to assist physicians as they strive for personal balance, professional fulfillment, and joy in their vocation.  

Wellness Contacts

When you feel that you need to seek support, you should reach out to one of the following:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Local Resources

  • Your department chair or GME program director
  • Samuel McQuiston, M.D., assistant dean for graduate medical education, at (251) 471-7206
  • USA Employee Assistance Program at (251) 460-6141
  • Staff at Bayview Professional Associates at (251) 660-2360 or (888) 335-3044

Online Resources

Self-Screening Tools

▼   GME Office and Contact Information

GME Office Staff

Samuel A. McQuiston, M.D.
Assistant Dean, Graduate Medical Education (GME); ACGME Designated Institutional Official (DIO); and Chair, Graduate Medical Education Committee

Tomeika Hawkins
GME Accreditation Specialist

Regina Stanley
GME Program Assistant

Joyce Guest, Ph.D.
GME Education Specialist

Brigett Davis - Hospital Staff
Hospital Housestaff Coordinator, Ombudsperson

GME Office Functions

  • GME Committee Meetings
  • Program Coordinator Meetings and Workshops
  • Institutional Policies
  • ACGME Accreditation
  • National Residency Matching Program (NRMP)
  • Program Letters of Agreement
  • New Innovations
  • Introduction to the Practice of Medicine (IPM) Modules
  • Verification of Training Status

Verification of Training

The Graduate Medical Education office can assist with requests for training verifications (dates only). The turnaround time is generally 1-2 business days. The Graduate Medical Education Office can verify only dates of residency and/or fellowship training. Training verification requests that require more than verification of dates must be sent to the appropriate Program Coordinator. Requests to the GME Office can be made via the following methods: 

  • In Person: The GME office is located in the Mastin Patient Care Center (directly behind University Hospital) in Room 212. Our hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
  • US Mail: Graduate Medical Education, 2451 University Hospital Drive, 212 Mastin Patient Care Center, Mobile, AL 36617-2293
  • E-mail: or 

NOTE: Programs may charge a service fee for training verification requests for alumni who completed training 5 or more years ago.